Shortlist drawn up from nominations for annual What’s on Where Awards

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The shortlist has been drawn up for next week’s Northumberland What’s on Where Awards 2015.

Judges have gone through all the nominations to select those they feel best represent each category for the What’s on Where Awards.

The awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony being held in Newton Hall, Northumberland, on Thursday, March 19.

There are ten categories in total up for grabs on the night.

One of the event’s sponsors is BT.

Simon Roberson, BT’s north east regional partnership director, said: “BT is proud to sponsor the Northumberland What’s on Where Awards 2015.

“And as a Northumberland resident I am pleased and proud to support this fantastic event for the second time as it recognises and showcases the hard work, achievements and diversity of Northumberland businesses.

“BT is responsible for helping communities across Northumberland use the power of communications and technology to help them to thrive and prosper.

“Our £2.5bn UK-wide, commercial investment in fibre broadband and our partnership with Northumberland County Council in the iNorthumberland programme has brought the high speed technology to more than 135,000 homes and businesses across the county and there are plans to go much further.

“Super-fast fibre broadband offers huge benefits and is helping our local economy to flourish.

“Better, faster communications are helping local restaurants, cafes and visitor attractions use social media more effectively and offer free wi-fi to visiting customers.

“Local food producers, hotels and events can potentially access a global audience attracting customers or visitors from the length and breadth of the country and beyond.

“Awards such as this one are vital and an opportunity to celebrate all the talent, potential and creativity that the county has to offer.

“I am looking forward to presenting the Taste Award on the night and wish all those shortlisted in every category the best of luck.”

Support for the event has also come from Northumberland County Council with its category sponsorship.

Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “Weddings are increasingly important to the local economy of Northumberland and the council’s registrars who carry out the marriage ceremonies are busier than ever.

“Our ‘Marriage made in Northumberland’ campaign has been a huge success with more people than ever choosing to tie the knot in our wonderful county.

“We work really closely with more than 70 stunning venues across the county so we’re proud to support this local initiative to recognise and reward the very best that Northumberland has to offer.”